- By Robert McCammon

Mister Slaughter

  • Title: Mister Slaughter
  • Author: Robert McCammon
  • ISBN: 9781596063433
  • Page: 354
  • Format: ebook
  • Mister Slaughter The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series which began with Speaks the N

    The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of Bedlam, Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader onThe world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon The latest entry in the popular Matthew Corbett series, which began with Speaks the Nightbird and continued in The Queen of Bedlam, Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery.The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York Along the way, Slaughter makes his captors a surprising and extremely tempting offer Their response to this offer will alter the course of the novel, setting in motion a series of astonishing, ultimately catastrophic events.Mister Slaughter is at once a classic portrait of an archetypal serial killer and an exquisitely detailed account of a fledgling nation still in the process of inventing itself Suspenseful, illuminating, never less than compulsively readable, it is, by any measure, an extraordinary achievement, the largest accomplishment to date from one of our most gifted and necessary writers.

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    1. LISTEN! Said the October wind, as it swirled and swooped through the streets of New York.I have a story to tell!Trust Robert McCammon to deliver the most gruesome and thrilling page-turner for my Halloween read this year (I know it's December, but I'm a couple of months late in my reviewing). The third book in the series starts with our young hero, Matthew Corbett, enjoying the fame brought by solving a series of terrible crimes in the city in the previous episode. He is a bit short of money aft [...]

    2. While Speaks the Nightbird is a historical mystery similar with touches of The Crucible, with a darker atmosphere than the rest and a hint of the paranormal, and The Queen of Bedlam really jump-started the series with more of a straight detective thriller, this next novel truly flipped the Matthew Corbett series on it’s ear by introducing a pure action-adventure novel.Robert McCammon ratchets up the excitement level in the series with Mister Slaughter and crafts a story that’s simpler and mo [...]

    3. I read this while on my hiatus - so reviewing it now doesn't do it justice.All I'll say is, if you've read the first two you won't be disappointed with this third instalment. And the audio narrator, Edoardo Ballerini, is still my man crushRrrrrrrr. Wouldn't dream of experiencing these books any other way.A good solid mystery/thriller/slasher(?) set in the early 18th century.My review of Speaks the Nightbird My review of The Queen of Bedlam

    4. Absolutely excellent. This is without a doubt my favourite series of historical fiction! It is set in the early 1700s in New York and Philadelphia. I love the secondary characters as much as Matthew Corbett, the main protagonist. A cross-dressing governor (true history!), the coroner, a blustering larger than life Greathouse- Matthews partner- Marmaduke Grigsby, founder of The Earwig (first newspaper of New York) and his independent artist/teacher grand daughter, Berry Grigsby.The life portrayed [...]

    5. Matthew Corbett is back, this time taking a job transporting a notorious serial killer from an asylum in Philly back to New York for trial and a proper hanging. Easy peezy. Tyranthus Slaughter has other plans however, and all hell breaks loose. The proverbial shit hits the fan - just like the morning after eating a dozen Mrs. Sutch’s Spicy Sausages. Blam! What a mess. Matthew has some serious cleaning up to do.Another solid entry in the Matthew Corbett series. A little actiony in spots, but st [...]

    6. The third instalment in the Matthew Corbett series pits our problem solving hero against the monstrous and murderous Tyranthus Slaughter. This is something of a departure for the series as it’s more a chase thriller than a mystery, at times slipping into outright horror as Matthew follows in his quarry’s bloody wake across the wild New York frontier. A compulsive tale that blends Hammer Horror-esque grande guignol with the historical detective genre to great effect.

    7. My favorite of the series so far! While the first 2 books were centered around a mystery, "Mister Slaughter" was about a hunt and dark revelations. It was filled with action, violence and dread, and I loved every minute of it!More than the horror elements, I think what made me love this book so much were the new characters we got to meet, "Walker In Two Worlds" and young Tom. They really made this a special book. I can't wait to find what happens next! I hope we finally get to see Corbett's arch [...]

    8. 6 books in this series now? I have some catching up to do. These are all kick ass historical mysteries.

    9. I may have liked this one better than the first! Such rich, well-crafted characters, some of whom die, which seems a waste since they would have been great allies and/or enemies in future installments. Still, the book itself was all the more powerful for it. The second book dipped to 4 stars for me, but this one brought it back to 5 and then some. Overall, a great series so far.As with the second book, McCammon can get a little long-winded with his character and room descriptions, but other than [...]

    10. WOW!!!!! AWESOME BOOK!!!! I was completey swept away in this adventure. I literally couldn't put it down. Just ask my wife who wasn't too pleased to find me still awake and reading at 2am. I really enjoyed the first two books that folled Matthew Corbetts adventures. But this one blew me away. I have never read a book that was able to take me directly into the pages and make me feel like i was side by side with Mr. Corbett on this adventure. Now all I can do is wait for Mr. McCammon to supply me [...]

    11. I am so much in love with Matthew Corbett. One of my favorite Authors and this series is such a departure from his earlier books. His wrtiing is rich and you are transported to an earlier time. I have recommended this series to others, and nobody was disappointed. Can't wait for more Matthew.

    12. 5.5 stars!I loved Speaks the Nightbird and Queen of Bedlam even better. But this novel is a horse-of-a-different-color! Many have offered a synopsis of the story, and it's going to be hard for me to discuss this book (and I have much that I wish to discuss!) but I can't do so, while trying to avoid spoilers. There are so many things about this book that I'm bursting about, like scenes that I want to describe and then express my sheer excitement on the action, and the horror!Ah well Just take my [...]

    13. I don't think that I've ever read a Robert McCammon book and been disappointed, and this one is no different. I have to commend McCammon on his brave foray into (or back to) colonial times; it's a reflection of his talent and ability that he can successfully manage to pull this off. Who would have ever thought that a mystery novel staged in the early 1700's would be so gripping and entertaining? But here we are in a non-genre specific series (this is the third) that gradually becomes a sort of S [...]

    14. Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammonDecember 7 to December 23, 2014Third book in the Matthew Corbett SeriesRecommended by internet friendsThis is the third book and story in this wonderful series set in the early 1700s here in Americaof course at that time we were still part of the United Kingdom. Matthew considered himself English. From my point of view, he was quit the British snob in many way. However he is a likeable well written character. He is only growing up, but he is learning more about [...]

    15. The compelling aspects of the first book (and sections of the second book) are missing here. There's absolutely no mystery, the characters behavior is at odds with their usual intelligent behaviors. The gore is unnecessary and adds nothing to the story.The whole thing is just a let down in comparison to the first books but if that was the only problem falling short of expectations I'd have been fine. The problem is on it's own this book would have made me think this was bad writing.

    16. I adored the first two books. I love the characters. I loved the stories. I loved the evocation of the time period. This is saying a lot for me because historical fiction usually leaves me cold--even genre mashing historical fiction. I was excited that Slaughter was going to play a central role. I was excited when the cover art was revealed. I ordered this the moment it was announced. Since it arrived at my door, I have been champing at the bit to read itd perhaps that's the problem.I was underw [...]

    17. 5+++The trouble with my system of giving 5-stars quite willingly to books I enjoyed, it doesn't give me much latitude to reward those which were truly outstanding. I enjoyed the first in this series Speaks the Nightbird, the second The Queen of Bedlam was amazing. They both got top marks. But now there's this: the most exciting book I've read in years. I was literally breathless in one or two places. When the action was over I realised I'd been holding my breath and that the world seemed to have [...]

    18. Yet another awesome book by Robert McCammon! This is the third book in his Matthew Corbett series that the author describes as the "combination of the mystery and puzzles of Sherlock Holmes, the action of James Bond, the weird villains of Dick Tracy, the atmosphere of the Hammer costume-piece horror films on the '50s, and bringing in my interest in American history, detective fiction, and whatever else I might conjure up to a series."This time around, I would say that the emphasis is on the "wei [...]

    19. I am loving this series. There was one period of time when i couldn't let the book out of my hand.I was up until almost 5, two nights in a row! And then I couldn't sleep, knowing I had to get up shortly, and still thinking of the story happenings. There was a short period in the beginning when I was afraid it was going to be a disappointment, but it picked up like a locomotive does, faster and faster. The villain was pure evil, and usually pure evil is boring predicable. Mr. Slaughter was a litt [...]

    20. Once again Robert McCammon delivers a masterpiece. Matthew Corbett has really grown on as a character and the colonial era although never before a genre that I enjoyed is now one of my favorite epics. I had previously enjoyed Wilbur Smith's ancient Egyptian saga, and then onto his swashbuckling adventures, but they didn't contain the raw substance that McCammon is able to infuse into his writings. I was very glad to hear that there will be a fourth follow up to this series, as I had previously o [...]

    21. One of the true pleasures of my reading life the past 8 years or so has been the re-emergence of Robert McCammon to writing. Known primarily for his horror novels in the 80s (Swan Song being the best of that lot), he went on to write a highly effective coming-of-age tale called Boy's Life, a classic for many, then moved on to a few suspense thrillers before he sort of vanished in the mid 90s. What happened, we now know, was that McCammon had moved on to writing historical fiction, which he had d [...]

    22. From the book:The world of Colonial America comes vibrantly to life in this masterful new historical thriller by Robert McCammon. This is the third book in the popular Matthew Corbett series, and opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice "problem solver" for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual [...]

    23. There is a huge difference between this book and the previous two. The gore and macabre in Mr Slaughter far, far exceeds not just the previous books but any tolerable threshold for story-telling. The reader is likely to be repeatedly revulsed with either what the supposedly good characters of the book stop down to or by what happens to them. The book has no mystery unlike in the previous two books that made them wonderful-reads. There are just a couple of powerful sickos in the name of character [...]

    24. Mister Slaughter is the third book in Robert McCammon's excellent historical fiction series about Matthew Corbett and his life as a 'problem solver' in early 1700s New York City.Along wih a thrilling sometimes terrifying adventure, Mr. McCammon gives the reader a detailed and interesting look at the early years of life in New York.Highly recommended for readers of mystery/adventure/thrillers and also historical fiction. It's got a little bit of something for everyone.

    25. Another great McCammon book. This book follows Matthew and Mr. Greathouse as they take a prisoner, Mr. Slaughter across several states to a waiting boat bound for London where he'll stand trail. Matthew and Mr. Greathouse run in to some complications in transporting Mr. Slaughter and the book turns bloody in a few places. A pretty fast-paced book and a must read for any fan of the Corbett series.

    26. This book was quite a bit different from the first two books in the series. The series has shifted from Historical Fiction Thriller (book 1) to Historical Mystery Thriller (book 2) to Action Adventure Horror (book 3). I'm not sure I want to find out the progression in books 4 & 5 even though I already own them. It simply has changed too much from the first book for my taste.

    27. An otherwise fun adventure,the story comes to a screeching halt with an extremely violent family murder (including small children)immediately followed by the rape of a young girl. The story never fully recovers.

    28. I love this series. After three books in a row, I still want more. I am happy to be re-discovering Robert McCammon. As long as he keeps these books going, I'll be here to read them!

    29. 3.9I had a lot of mixed feelings about Mister Slaughter. The story itself is engaging: Matthew Corbett, our intrepid "problem-solving" (read private detective) hero, is once again on the case -- this time involved in transporting a psychopathic killer from an asylum in PA to the docks of New York for eventual extradition to England. Unlike both Speaks the Nightbird and Queen of Bedlam there is no central mystery here that needs solving. Instead, Mister Slaughter is more an action-adventure with [...]

    30. This is the third installment in the Matthew Corbett series and although I enjoyed it I didn't think it was quite as good as it's predecessors. That's not to say it wasn't good, it was, but I thought the first two were exceptional. In this one we see Matthew and Greathouse tasked with transporting Tyranthus Slaughter from Asylum to port for transport to England. We realise fairly quickly that Slaughter is a nasty piece of work! He's a thoroughly despicable man who leads them on a merry dance. Fo [...]

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